Thousands Rally For 2A in Oregon; Have Antis Reached Their Limit?

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Thousands of Second Amendment activists gathered at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem Saturday. (Screen snip, YouTube, MaharlikaAWA)

Oregon – -(AmmoLand.com)- Thousands of Second Amendment activists gathered over the weekend at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, according to KGW, essentially telling Beaver State anti-gunners that enough is enough.

Whether their effort will be adequate to derail anti-gun legislation remains to be seen, but this was a significant turnout in a state where typical turnout for such events is in the hundreds, not thousands.

Oregon lawmakers have been considering some alarming legislation, including Senate Bill 501, which would limit gun owners to purchasing 20 rounds of ammunition per month and getting a permit just to purchase or receive a firearm. It would also, according to KGW, limit magazine capacities to five rounds. This is just one example of legislation that has turned the entire Pacific Northwest into a hotbed of gun control activism this year.

In neighboring Washington, several unpopular bills recently died without action including one that would have created strict training requirements for receiving and renewing concealed pistol licenses in what many critics believe was an attempt to discourage people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms. But with more than 612,000 active CPLs in the Evergreen State, that bill became quickly unpopular with everyone but gun control fanatics.

And then there’s the bump stock “buyback” now underway in Washington. The devices become illegal this week and gun owners turning them in get a voucher for $150, so long as the money lasts. The state just budgeted $150,000 for the program, so the first thousand people to surrender their property will get money.

According to the Salem Statesman-Journal, the gun rights rally was organized by Noveske Rifleworks and Radian Weapons, which are both based in the state. Depending upon who estimated the crowd size, there were upwards of 2,000 people in attendance, and many if not most were armed. It was called the “Defend the Second” rally, according to KGW, and it was clear from the outset that those attending meant business.

Saturday may seem an odd day for such a rally, but considering that gun owners have jobs, a weekend event demonstrated that gun owners are alarmed at what the Democrat-controlled Legislature is up to.

The same philosophy is very much alive north of the Columbia River. The group “March for Our Rights 2.0” is planning a big rally on the Capitol steps in Olympia on Saturday, April 27. Last year an event there drew some 2,500 people, and that was months before Initiative 1639, the gun control measure many believe is extremist, unenforceable and unconstitutional, was passed. That initiative is now the subject of a federal lawsuit by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association. Sheriffs in 20 counties have announced they will not enforce provisions of the measure and a half-dozen county commissions are also on record in opposition.

There seems little doubt that the Northwest is “Ground Zero” for gun control activity.

Many Oregonians are frustrated that the liberal lower Willamette Valley, which includes Salem and Portland, dominate the state’s politics. Get east of the mountains, to places such as Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Pendleton, Burns and Baker City, and one finds more conservative voices.

The Northwest anti-gun effort is concentrated in Seattle and Portland, and along the I-5 corridor in both states. The farther away one travels from that coastal interstate; the redder becomes the political hue.

Further energizing gun owners in both states is the fallout from what happened in Christchurch, New Zealand. With leading Democrats clearly “out of the closet” as gun prohibitionists—none of the party’s presidential hopefuls denounced the quick move to ban so-called “semiautomatic military-style assault rifles” by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Sen. Bernie Sanders even thinks it should happen here—the lines have been clearly drawn, say many in the Second Amendment movement.


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Cal
Cal
2 years ago

Doesn’t anyone actually understand our government? The people who SERVE WITHIN our governments are not “the” government, they are placed into position – elected, hired, contracted, etc – to carry out the duties that are in writing. The Preamble to the BIll of Rights makes clear that those who serve within our government has no authority beyond that put into writing, and then only when the circumstances described occur, and again, only can react to those circumstances in the way described in writing. Preamble to the Bill of Rights: Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City… Read more »

Marcus
Marcus
2 years ago

I do applaud the thousands of Oregon gun owners who rallied for their gun rights; however it was generally a waste of time and effort (imo). Who was at the state capitol that day? Probably it was mostly janitors, overtime workers and security guards. People… If you want to make a difference, then do the rally when the Elected Officials are Actually There! Yes, I know many, if not all of the people who attended the OR rally actually have jobs, and raise families, thus making it Very Difficult to be there on a workday, however doing this on the… Read more »

Smitty
Smitty
2 years ago

Portland, OR here. I am fully aware that the local news is biased, but I never would have believed the TV news report on the rally that I watched would show just how biased! Said with much sarcasm, “What an insightful and in-depth report that was.” It lasted only 60 seconds on a dull news day when the same station dedicated 1/3 of a show to this year’s proposed anti-gun legislation. The reporter’s opening line was true, it was a pro-gun rally at the Capital. Then, of all things, he spoke for the next 50 seconds in anti-gun cliches. He… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 years ago
Reply to  Smitty

Here on the east coast the news is 90% negative to 10% positive on weapons. The anti-American presstitutes keep pounding their anti-gun (just for one child) propaganda. Looking at Europe with the influx of the BARBARIANS the CHILDREN there are being SACRIFICED. I am not talking about the abortion of children in or just out of a women womb. I am talking about children aged 2 years and up.
The Second Amendment is the RESTATEMENT or AFFIRMATION of LEGAL LAW ABIDING American CITIZENS’ RIGHT of DEFENSE against TYRANNY.

TheHolyCrow
TheHolyCrow
2 years ago
Reply to  Smitty

@Smitty, Re:The MSM….I just saw an article the other day about the Fake News Netwoorks are losing viewership by the Titanic Boatloads. So, soon they can be ranting and raving and waving their arms about to nobody but themselves. After the Mueller report came out, exposing the Nothing-Burger of the “Trump Collusion with Russia”, well, it sort of snapped a lot of people out of the hypnotic alpha state that watching TV puts you in, and they tuned out. How totally disappointed they were, to realize that the MSM was only brainwashing them, with lies. There was supposedly a report… Read more »

Jack Mac
Jack Mac
2 years ago

The Antis have exceeded their limits and are crossing the line. They are not getting our goat, they are calling our Gaul.

Kivaari
Kivaari
2 years ago

The problem with Oregon and Washington is that mass of conservative voters on the inland side of the mountains has enough power to defeat the bills, but those voters simply don’t vote.

Zee
Zee
2 years ago

My 95 year old Dad served in the South pacific during World War II. He spent his life working hard. ” Was” a Democrat, I said “was”, and a union man. Within the first year of Obama’s Presidential term we both agreed that Obama and Hillary were out to ruin the USA. My Dad has seen a lot of presidents and politicians come and go. When he turned 90 years old – he said, Ya know, I’ve come to believe the Democrats have been brain washing us Americans telling us they are for the working man. Their actions have shown… Read more »

Bart Gulley Sr
Bart Gulley Sr
2 years ago

I’m a middle age white man, and I’ve never seen such in my life against our God given right’s to keep and bear arms. Growing up in the Southeast United States our guns, hunting is/was a way of life as the history for my family to survive during the great depression. I can’t believe Our own government is going after our 2nd amendment rights. If we don’t continue to fight, what does our children & grandchildren have instore for them once we’re gone. I’ll fight, sign, petition and whatever else it takes to protect our 2nd amendment rights not only… Read more »

dava golino
dava golino
2 years ago

people can call me a conspiracy believer cause of all these mass shootings, specially NZ and Las Vegas and most others, seem more likely somehow the worldwide one world government who ever…Zionists, EU/UN ARE CAUSING THESE horrible events TO DISARM ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, Heck THEY ALREADY HAVE MOST NATIONS. It is strange that these same folks support sending a barbaric race and or religion to invade all nations while the shout save the children, then they OK laws to kill babies with abortions, vaccines learning disorder drugs and mess up the minds of grade school kids gender… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 years ago
Reply to  dava golino

Agree!

mirgc
mirgc
2 years ago

I was there. It was a great day! Oregon State Police estimates were 4,200. For the most part, the organizers asked to keep the event apolitical, and focus on the 2nd amendment and not give the media any ammo to use against us.

I think it sent a big message, and got people motivated and take notice.

Jack Mac
Jack Mac
2 years ago
Reply to  mirgc

The media does not need ammo. it makes up enough. This is not apolitical.

Gdubb
Gdubb
2 years ago

The GOP should be pushing expansion of the electoral college to the state level. Large cities within each state would no longer dictate elections and ballot measures as they do now. The libtards would never again win an election ANYWHERE in the US. EVER. Even in California and New York. Imagine how great our Country would be again. BS like gun control bills would never see the light of day.

JPM
JPM
2 years ago
Reply to  Gdubb

Gdubb, you have it exactly right. It’s urban vs. rural with the liberals, for the most part, living in big cities while the majority of rural and small town folks are conservative and have the largest portions of state populations.

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
2 years ago

Political Criminals could care less about Constitutional rights. They have written off one of the greatest documents ever created. These Oath breaking elected servants are only concerned with one thing. Implementing a Regime of Unlimited Power in their pursuit to destroy America, and our way of life as we know it. No other conclusion exists….

Rock
Rock
2 years ago

VOTE THEM OUT ! The lazy and gullible who always rely on someone elses money and muscles to support them, vote these above the law socialist assholes into office. The Dems/libs count on the easy brainwashing of these fools for votes, they throw out some bread crumbs (FREE RIDE money/goods) and the flock gathers… The law abiding citizens of AMERICA are tired on these “birds” shitting on them ! With the number of people that showed up at the rally, a new game season may rapidly be approaching for this socialist crumb fowl, and there will be no daily limit.

Macofjack
Macofjack
2 years ago

As with anything else, you can only push someone or a group so far before they strike back. Liberals never learn that lesson, but we keep teaching!

Core
Core
2 years ago

Th Left is the minority. They are snaking legislation in. If it were not for their subversive modus operandi they would not pass one single law in this nation. It’s time to stop coddling the Left, it’s time to shut the “ban everything” logic and restore freedom in the USA!

Luis
Luis
2 years ago

Is not just gun control,the demorats want to control our lives,that’s what this about,vote those rats out the next election!!

Jack B. Nimble
Jack B. Nimble
2 years ago

I find it humorous that a group of pansies afraid of their own shadow believes they can tell a large percentage of armed citizens what to do. “Lay down your arms,” they champion. I say, “come and take them.” The more they alienate citizens from abiding by their law, the less respect their “laws” seem to garner. Make the most law abiding portion of the citizenry criminals, and only God knows what’s in store for the rest. If they are hunting for a war, they just might get one, which might be the very reason why they want to disarm… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago
Reply to  Jack B. Nimble

I think it was Lenin or Stalin said infamously that power comes out of the barrel of a gun. He meant to have all the guns in HIS corner, thus absolute power over his subjects/slaves, for that is what they were. General Thomas Gage thought HE had enough power in the barrels of HIS guns to suppress his putative slaves, the Colonials over which the Kid King had assigned him control. Trouble was, and both Gage and his King knew it, is that those Colonials had guns, as they needed them to survive in the rough and tumble of the… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

Question; What or who is; “kinyun”?

ras
ras
2 years ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Laddyboy, Obama is kinyun.

J Sniper
J Sniper
2 years ago

Intelligent conversation goes a lot farther than rhetorical BS towards solutions. Making yourself sound like a crackpot just shows those who fear guns (and their owners) they are right to feel that fear.

All the world can call you a fool but, only you can open your mouth and prove it true. <— something to keep in mind.

Chuckbone56
Chuckbone56
2 years ago
Reply to  J Sniper

@J.Sniper, The fear you speak of is a healthy reminder to the left that we are dangerous if provoked. Logic!

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuckbone56

those who leave others alone have nothing to fear. the opposite is also true.

Jimboy
Jimboy
2 years ago

Hi Gas Block,
I’ll be in Washington also for that 4/27 rally we should hookup.
Regards
Jimboy
The Patriot Picket

Gas Block in WA
Gas Block in WA
2 years ago

I donate to the SAF and GOA and NOT THE NRA. The NRA is a large part of the problem. We will be in Olympia on 4/27.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
2 years ago

Now THAT will show the NRA! NOT!

RRangel
RRangel
2 years ago

The NRA is the gorilla in the room gun rights organization no matter what you claim. You never see the anti-gun left mention the others for a reason.

Free Helicopter Rides For Commies
Free Helicopter Rides For Commies
2 years ago

People who vote for the Demonrat Party are voting for the enemy, and are giving them aid & comfort. They should be treated as part of the enemy and all be dealt with as you would an enemy on the battlefield.

Bob Garrett
Bob Garrett
2 years ago

Well said my friend and my sentiments exactly!

m.
m.
2 years ago

implement gun “control” your own risk, d-sucker(s).

Tionico
Tionico
2 years ago
Reply to  m.

waving your d about again, are we?

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

last time. i promise – strong definite maybe. thnx 4 n-put

Tbird
Tbird
2 years ago
Reply to  Tionico

He definitely has a fixation on d-sucking. Wonder what’s up with that?

m.
m.
2 years ago
Reply to  Tbird

it’s the most insulting description i can attach to the constitution-assaulters because they will do anything. but i will be using a replacement that might be more acceptable. thnx 4 input.